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Various Identification Codes ...

GNIS Codes ...

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. The BGN will usually recognize an existing name or, when necessary, chose a new name for a geographic feature (such as a mountain, lake, river, stream, city, town, village, dam, bridge, etc).

The BGN names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and it is the official Federal repository. The GNIS is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent identifier has been assigned for each name in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive and it is intended that they are to be used by all departments of the Federal Government:

GNIS ID for Sweetwater: 2405554

GNIS ID for Miami-Dade County: 295755

GNIS ID for Florida: 294478

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies created a set of codes with a purpose similar to the GNIS codes. These codes are called the Federal Information Processing Standard (or the FIPS 55 codes). Although they are still used by some organizations, the FIPS codes are obsolete and will ultimately be replaced by the GNIS codes.

The following FIPS codes apply to Sweetwater:

Place (Community) Code:  70275
State Code:  12 (Florida)
County Code:  086 (Miami-Dade County)

Since the Place and County FIPS codes are not unique and can be repeated in other States, it's necessary to combine the State code with the Place and County FIPS codes to uniquely identify them - for example:

State/Place Code:  12/70275
State/County Code:  12/086

As already mentioned, the FIPS codes are to be replaced by the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:

 FIPS Code   translates to   GNIS Code
State of Florida:    12   294478
Miami-Dade County:    12/086   295755
Sweetwater:    12/70275   2405554

GPS Location - GNIS vs Census ...

An important aspect of the GNIS code is that it assigns a GPS location (the latitude/longitude) to the geographic feature. This location is simply a point on the map and does not represent the size or shape of the feature. In the case of Sweetwater, it is a point within Sweetwater that might be a post office, the city hall or simply an intersection - the point should really be considered arbitrary and only indicating a general location.

For Sweetwater, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   25° 45' 56"   (or 25.77°)

Lon:   -80° 22' 22"   (or -80.37°)   [Map]

Determined by its statistical needs, the Census Bureau has defined a sampling area for Sweetwater - this area also contains a map point. As with the GNIS code, the location of the Census point should be considered as being arbitrary within the sampling area.

For Sweetwater, the Census 2010 GPS location is given as:

Lat:   25° 45' 54"   (or 25.77°)

Lon:   -80° 22' 25"   (or -80.37°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 256.9 feet to the southwest<1> of the point given by the GNIS (see above).

You might note that the GPS location given for the 2010 Census is different than the location that was specified by the 2000 Census:

Lat:   25° 45' 57"   (or 25.77°)

Lon:   -80° 22' 25"   (or -80.37°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 271.1 feet to the north<2> of the point given by the 2010 Census.

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Sweetwater is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Sweetwater is located in Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Sweetwater is located in Region IV (Region 4).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Sweetwater is located in Region IV (Region 4).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #291939   (Name of Record: Sweetwater)

Class: populated place

A place or area having clustered or scattered buildings and a permanent population (such as a city, settlement, town or village). The boundaries may or may not coincide with the perceived population.

A 'populated place' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'civil' record. The information contained in the 'populated place' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'civil' classes.

County: Miami-Dade

Map Name: Hialeah

Lat: 25.7634334       Lon: -80.3731086   [Map]

Elev: 1 ft.


GNIS ID #2405554   (Name of Record: City of Sweetwater)

Class: civil

A political division formed for administrative purposes (such as a borough, county, incorporated place, parish, town or township).

A 'civil' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'populated place' record. The information contained in the 'civil' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'populated place' classes.

County: Miami-Dade

Map Name: Hialeah

Lat: 25.7655823       Lon: -80.373032   [Map]

Elev: 1 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 12/70275   (Place Name: Sweetwater)

County: Dade     (FIPS State/County: 12/025)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Sweetwater) that does not serve as a primary county division - or in other words, it is included in and is part of a primary county division (ie- Miami-Dade County).

GSA Code: 2930

MRF Code: 2055

MSA Code: 5000


FIPS Code: 12/70325   (Place Name: Sweetwater)

County: Dade     (FIPS State/County: 12/025)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Sweetwater) that is wholly or substantially located outside the boundaries of any incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) that has an authoritative common name recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

GSA Code: 2930

MSA Code: 5000

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sweetwater. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Miami-Dade County: www.miamidade.gov/

The official website for State of Florida: www.myflorida.com/


The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

The official website of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 119 degrees and a distance of 256.9 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 353 degrees and a distance of 271.1 feet.

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